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Les Cockrell: Area state park plans hike, talks on animals

Two ranger talks and a guided hike are planned at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park near Pilot Point during the next few days.

The first ranger talk, “Black Bears of Texas,” is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Isle du Bois Interpretive Center.

Also planned Saturday is a guided hike along the Lost Pines Nature Trail. The hike will get begin at 1 p.m.

Another ranger talk will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the interpretive center, and the topic will be “Animal Adaptations.”

The activities are free with regular park admission, which is $7 for those ages 12 and older.

For more information, call 940-686-2148.


Area mall announces visit by the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to return to Vista Ridge Mall, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville, and will be ready for visits and photos beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

Visitors can find him in the “Bunny Patch” on the mall’s lower level between Dillard’s and J.C. Penney.

The Easter Bunny will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday during his time at the mall, which will end March 30.

For more information, call 972-315-3641 or visit .


Butterfield Stage Players to offer ‘Red Velvet Cake War’

The Butterfield Stage Players will present The Red Velvet Cake War today through Saturday and March 15-17 at Butterfield Stage, 201 S. Denton St. in Gainesville.

All performances will be at 7:30 p.m., except for March 17, when a 2:30 p.m. matinee will be offered.

Tickets are $15 for adults and can be reserved by calling the theater box office at 940-665-1284.

For more information, visit .


Computer recycling event planned Saturday

A computer recycling event is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cupboard Natural Foods and Cafe, 200 W. Congress St. in Denton.

The public is invited to bring old computers and other electronic equipment to the event to have it recycled, said Brad Chism of Computer Crusher Recycling LLC, which has been conducting monthly e-waste recycling events at the store since 2006.

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities for residents to recycle electronics,” Chism said, adding that the company also destroys computer hard drives. “We do on-site destruction. They can watch it being done.”

There is a $5 fee for the hard drive destruction, Chism said, and there is a $10 disposal fee for CRT monitors and some other items. Many items are accepted for free, he said.

For more information, call 940-391-1136 or e-mail .


Officer to offer information on identity theft

Prosper community relations police Officer Erin Hubbard will provide information on identity theft from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Prosper Municipal Chambers, 108 W. Broadway St.

The event is planned in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week.

Hubbard will offer information on how to recognize identity theft, what to do when it happens and how to prevent it or recover from it.

Joining her will be representatives of area banks, who will provide information regarding bank-related scams, how to recognize them and what banks require for investigative purposes.

For more information, call 972-347-9002 or e-mail .


Gullahorn and Phillips to perform Saturday

Musical tandem Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the performance hall of Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater as part of the Texas Tunes concert series presented by the city of Lewisville.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for seniors age 65 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at  or at the customer service window at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St.

Gullahorn spent a number of years as a staff writer for publishing companies while playing guitar on the road for Phillips. He has since released three records.

Phillips is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter known for her folk-rock sound. Her self-titled first album was produced by Grammy-winner Wayne Kirkpatrick.

The theater is at 100 N. Charles St.


Lake Forest Village slates grand opening for store

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for a new on-site convenience store operated by resident volunteers is planned at 10 a.m. Monday at Denton’s Good Samaritan Society-Lake Forest Village, 2901 Montecito Drive.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 940-891-0856.


Barber to be speaker at hospice family luncheon

Larry Barber, a licensed professional counselor and author of Love Never Dies, will be the featured speaker at a hospice family luncheon sponsored by Ann’s Haven VNA on Tuesday.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St. Barber will speak on “Dealing with the Emotions of Grief.”

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested and can be made by calling Molly Harrison at 940-349-5900.


Office of History & Culture plans training session

The Denton County Office of History & Culture is seeking volunteers to join its growing team of docents, and reservations for the next training session are due by March 15.

The “Lunch ’n Learn” docent orientation and training session will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 in the 1896 Room of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

The training session will include a film lecture titled “Denton on Parade: 1905-1913” by Lavon Fulwiler.

Volunteers can help as museum greeters, tour guides, in educational outreach programming to the schools, in the research room and as amateur archeologists.

Hours and days to volunteer are flexible.

For more information, call 940-349-2850 or e-mail   .

The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.

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